Recycle at Work Businesses

Congratulations to the following organizations for their efforts to prevent waste, recycle, and purchase environmentally-friendly products.

Virginia Garcia award photoVirginia Garcia Memorial Health Center - Cornelius, Oregon

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center’s (Virginia Garcia) new Cornelius Wellness Center is the first medical facility to receive the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program’s Recycle at Work Award. 

Not only are commingled materials recycled on site, staff is also taking items, such as batteries, Styrofoam and fluorescent bulbs, to area drop-off recycling centers. Virginia Garcia staff even composts food scraps in the Wellness Center’s on-site garden.

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Republic Services award photoRepublic Services - Sherwood, Oregon

Republic Services of Lake Oswego has become the second garbage and recycling collection company to earn the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program’s Recycle at Work Award. The award was given to Republic Services for the hard work and dedication of its staff to recycle and prevent waste under the leadership of Elizabeth Start, recycling coordinator.

Since joining the company in early 2013, Elizabeth has encouraged and educated employees about sustainability, most notably recycling, composting and waste prevention. And the efforts are paying off, as office employees are not only excelling at recycling, but waste reduction and waste prevention as well. 

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Hillsboro Fire Department RAW Award Jones Farm

Hillsboro Fire Department, Cherry Lane and Jones Farm Stations - Hillsboro, Oregon

Competition for the City of Hillsboro's most sustainable fire station is led by two stations, Jones Farm Fire Station No. 5 (Jones Farm) and Cherry Lane Fire Station No 6. (Cherry Lane). Both recently earned Washington County's Recycle at Work Award.

Jones Farm opened in January 2012. It serves portions of Hillsboro's central and northwest residential areas, as well as commercial and industrial entities located southwest of the Hillsboro Airport. Jones Farm houses the Hillsboro Fire Department's (HFD) ladder truck company and the shift battalion chief, who supervises emergency operations and an engine company. Jones Farm also boasts the only Tiller truck, a truck that pulls a long, ladder-equipped trailer, in Washington County. 

Hillsboro Fire Department RAW Award Cherry LaneThe Jones Farm crew takes waste prevention and resource conservation seriously. Staff use only durable dishware, print everything double-sided, and combine laundry loads to save water. One crew member even takes home leftover food and discarded food from the refrigerator to feed his livestock.  

Opened in September 2010, Cherry Lane serves Hillsboro's growing eastside. One engine and its crew respond from this facility. The station was constructed to help HFD reduce its medical, fire or other emergency response times to four minutes. Cherry Lane is HFD's official training facility and base for volunteer firefighters. The station also hosted Washington County's 2013 ResourceFull Use workshop – a workshop held every April for industrial businesses focused on reuse of materials.

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Eid Passport award photoEid Passport - Hillsboro, Oregon

Eid Passport relocated its headquarters from Tigard to Hillsboro in 2011 and, since then, has worked diligently to be a sustainable member of the community. Employees JoAnn Mueller and Stuart Laudert became the catalysts for incremental change at the company, forming a green team at Eid Passport and streamlining the company's recycling system. In April 2013, the newly minted team commemorated its first Earth Day celebration with a paper shredding event, where information on water, energy conservation and recycling was also distributed. And, with management's blessing, the team is building on the interest generated and working toward participating in more sustainability-related projects.

Besides recycling traditional commingled recyclables, Eid Passport is also diverting from landfill batteries and fluorescent tubes, as well as inoperable electronics. However, in an effort to go above and beyond just the act of diversion, Eid Passport staff use durable dishware and reuse office supplies, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, in order to lessen the company's overall waste generation. Staff members are also big on video conferencing. In order to be more efficient with its energy use, the company replaced its older lighting with CFLs and LEDs, and out-of-date products, such as thermostats and the building's HVAC system, were updated with more efficient versions. Motion-sensing lights were also installed throughout the building to further help conserve energy. READ MORE... 

 

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DianaPlantSciences - Tualatin, Oregon

The DIANA Group is not only committed to natural raw materials and consumption optimization, the company also focuses its internal efforts on three other environmental areas: Reducing waste generated by its industrial activities; reducing the group's impact on climate change; and the preservation of the natural resources concept linked to meat, vegetable and marine raw materials.

In 2011, DIANA created an environmental responsibility guide that offers employees guidelines and advice on adopting simple measures to raise awareness on such topics as waste reduction, travel optimization and resource consumption. Additionally, to address climate change, DIANA established a2015 company-wide goal to reduce its carbon footprint that calls for a 25-percent reduction in the company's overall greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE...

 

Fujimi award photoFujimi Corporation - Tualatin, Oregon

Located in Tualatin since 1992, Fujimi Corp. manufactures a variety of products, such as PWA-Platelet White Alumina and polishes that use Fumed and Colloidal Silica, both of which are used in the computer chip industry. In contrast to these "scientific-sounding" words, Fujimi's commitment to operating sustainably is simple: Improve processes and manufacture products that use resources wisely.  Fujimi limits and manages its waste by recycling a wide range of materials, such as inoperable computers and peripherals, cardboard, wooden pallets, grease and solvents, and large amounts of plastics, including oily plastics that are recycled via a partnership with Agri-Plas. READ MORE...

 

Finnegans award photoFinnegan's Village Toys - Tigard, Oregon

When Finnegan's opened its Village Toys store in 2010, the locally owned company recognized the Bridgeport Village outlet as a "younger" counterpart to its much older downtown Portland Toys and Gifts location. Renowned as the Pacific Northwest's largest independent specialty toy store, Finnegan's colorful treasure trove of toys, puzzles, games, science kits, arts projects and more has been entertaining children and the young at heart for over 35 years. Finnegan's also has carved a niche as a comfortable space where clients can play or comfortably search for toys or gifts from a diverse and wide selection.

Finnegan's inspiration to reduce its operations' impact on the environment first began when founder Karen Leppman began selling repurposed children's furniture at the Portland Farmers Market. The store has incorporated this into its daily operations in various ways. The staff recycles all materials recycled at the curb, as well as other hard-to-recycle products, such as batteries, fluorescent lights, bubble and shrink wrap, pillow packs and Styrofoam peanuts. All hard-to-recycle items are dropped off at local depots. READ MORE...

 

Genentech award photoGenentech - Hillsboro, Oregon 

Sustainability isn’t just a practice for the biotechnology company Genentech, it’s a state of mind. In fact, Genentech believes so strongly in operating in an environmentally friendly manner, its Chief Operating Officer Ian Clark believes the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability is one of the many attributes that make Genentech “a unique and special place to work.” Consistently ranked in the top half of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best U.S. Companies to Work For” (#68 for 2012), Genentech operates facilities in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside, California, in addition to its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution center in Hillsboro.

An example of its dedication to bettering the environment, Genentech provides employees with numerous subsidies and benefits for promoting sustainability, such as reducing paper consumption, and walking, biking, carpooling or taking public transportation to work (Genentech provides employees with free Tri-Met passes). READ MORE... 

 

Aloha Dog and Cat Hospital award photoAloha Dog & Cat Hospital - Aloha, Oregon

For almost 50 years, the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital has strived to carry out compassionate and humane animal healthcare with high standards and the use of modern medicines. However, it’s what the hospital is doing to reduce waste that has earned the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital the designation of “first veterinarian clinic to receive the Washington County Recycle at Work business award.

”For this full-service veterinary hospital team of six doctors, seven licensed technicians, several support staff members, and Daily, the office dog, the first order of business involves recycling almost everything it generates, which includes staff transporting used block Styrofoam to Total Reclaim in NE Portland for recycling. Talk about going out of their way to be green. In addition, all plastic lids and syringe covers generated on site are dropped off for recycling at Far West Fibers’ Hillsboro Recycling Center.  READ MORE...

 

Raptor Ridge Winery - Washington County, Oregon

Situated on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, 10 miles north of Newberg along SW Hillsboro Highway, is a winery that's all about sustainability…and birds. Founded in 1995, Raptor Ridge Winery's name originates from the abundant number of raptors – red-tailed hawks, kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks and owls – that call the 27-acre Tuscowallame Vineyard home, "Tuscowallame" being the indigenous word for "place where the owls dwell."

In addition to producing its own grapes, Raptor Ridge harvests wine grapes from other Willamette Valley growers, including Bellevue Cross, Carabella, Gran Moraine, Harbinger, Meredith Mitchell, Olenik and Shea. Raptor Ridge produces roughly 6,500 cases of wine per vintage year. READ MORE...

 

Montinore Estate - Forest Grove, Oregon

Nestled on 230 acres of picturesque southwest Forest Grove countryside, where more than half of the acreage (123 acres) is devoted to Pinot Noir grapes, Montinore Estate is a family-owned, 100-percent estate grown, organic and Demeter Biodynamic-certified vineyard that can stake claim as the first winery to receive Washington County's Recycle at Work Award. READ MORE...

 

REI - Hillsboro, Oregon

For 74 years, national outdoor gear and apparel retailer, REI, has been encouraging people to go outside and play. At the same time, it has been working to protect the natural playgrounds its customers connect with and cherish. REI is currently undertaking a targeted company-wide effort to reduce its environmental impact through managed energy use and increased energy efficiency. This approach is reflected at the company's Hillsboro location, which was outfitted with enough solar panels to generate 12 percent of the electricity the store uses annually.

The store also makes the most of its skylights to maximize the use of natural lighting. Additionally, the Hillsboro location uses a centralized-monitoring lighting system that ensures lighting and HVAC are only used during operational times. As part of its efforts to increase the recycling and recovery options in its waste stream, the store is recycling basic curbside materials, as well as fluorescent tubes, Styrofoam, batteries, bicycle parts, cell phones, signage and plastic film.  READ MORE... 

 

Shari's Restaurants - Washington County, Oregon

Shari's chain of restaurants is best known for its delectable pies and home-style cooking. Behind the scenes, Shari's Management Corporation has been working to reduce its environmental impacts through numerous waste prevention and energy/water efficiency practices. Thanks in large part to the work of two veteran employees, Jodenne Scott and Linda Vandegrift, this Northwest-based chain of restaurants has developed an environmental program that resulted in seven Washington County outlets earning the Washington County Recycle at Work award. Congratulations Shari's Sunset, Shari's Tanasbourne, Shari's Hillsboro, Shari's Farmington, Shari's King City, Shari's Sherwood, and Shari's Tualatin.  READ MORE... 

 

Whole Foods Market - Hillsboro, Oregon

Employees at Whole Foods Market's Tanasbourne location know that just talking about sustainability will not save the planet.  It's understood that to walk the walk requires smart, sometimes challenging decisions on a daily basis.  This philosophy reflects the corporate ethos of Whole Foods Market's portfolio of stores. How does this translate into practice?  READ MORE...  

 

Jackson Elementary School - Hillsboro, Oregon

What does it take to operate a public school on the cutting edge of sustainability? Just ask Hillsboro School District Custodial Services Supervisor Don Lavoie and Carol Stroup, the district's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) coordinator, and they'll tell you, "a lot!"

In a recent project to bring 20-year-old Jackson Elementary School to the cutting edge of sustainability, district staff truly pushed the envelope. The effort paid off when, in the spring of 2011, Jackson Elementary was awarded LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance Gold certification, as well as the Recycle at Work Business Award. To put the icing on the cake, Jackson Elementary is the first public school to win both of these awards. How did they do it?  READ MORE... 

 

New Seasons Market - Orenco Station and Raleigh Hills, Oregon

When it comes to the area's "friendliest" grocery store, the question is not what New Seasons Market has done to qualify as a Recycle at Work (RAW) business, the question is, what haven't they done!

For New Seasons, sustainability is a company-wide mindset, where you'll find the same practices from store to store.  Each location has an established green team that focuses on short and long-term projects such as improving recycling, holding community events and educating customers, holding staff trainings and improving waste reduction efforts. And, it's that very mindset that has won the company numerous awards since it first opened its doors in 1999.  Two Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) awards, the Association of Oregon Recyclers' Leadership in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award are just a few of the accolades New Seasons has received.  READ MORE…  

 

Washington County - Hillsboro, Oregon

Washington County, a government agency providing services to over 500,000 constituents across more than 700 square miles of territory, focuses its approach on sustainability through an ongoing, continual improvement process centered around four milestones: assessing opportunities, creating action plans, implementing action plans, and evaluating/reporting results. 

The county's sustainability efforts are guided by fundamental principles and focused practices that include instituting a surplus re-use program, the distribution of free Tri-Met passes to employees, the establishment of green office supply guidelines, a fleet of vehicles that includes 16 Toyota Prius Hybrids, and an EcoBiz certified automotive shop.  READ MORE...  

 

City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance - Hillsboro, Oregon

In addition to maintaining the splendor of Hillsboro's parks and open spaces, the City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance Department also practices innovative waste reduction techniques such as reusing five-gallon buckets, printing receipts on the back of used faxes, chipping old wood for landscaping applications, purchasing fuels and oils in bulk, and reusing material from deconstruction projects to build new structures throughout its parks.  READ MORE...  

 

Hillsboro Senior Center - Hillsboro, Oregon 

The City of Hillsboro's Senior Center is a place where the community's seniors can find local resources, eat delicious meals, take classes, and have some good ol' fun. Under the direction of Shelah Lompa, the Senior Center is not only providing valuable resources to the community, it is also striving to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, whenever possible.  READ MORE...  

 

Winzler & Kelly - Portland, Oregon 

Winzler & Kelly, an engineering firm, covers a broad spectrum of services ranging from civil engineering to sustainable building design.  Through a broad array of sustainable initiatives, the company is keeping up with the growing demand for sustainable buildings.  With a group of LEED Accredited Professional engineers to keep staff on its toes, the company reduces waste with Starboard, an interactive white board which enables engineers to collaborate during project design and planning from various locations, eliminating the need for travel.  READ MORE...  

 

 

Consumer Cellular - Portland, Oregon

Consumer Cellular, a nationwide provider of cellular phones and services, is an exemplary Recycle at Work Award recipient.  In two short years the company went from requesting technical assistance to organize a green team, to qualifying for the Recycle at Work Business award in 2011.  READ MORE... 

 

Clean Copy, Inc. – Hillsboro, Oregon

Clean Copy, Inc. is not just a carbon copy of the standard print shop; it promotes eco-friendly printing by utilizing recycled-content paper, eco-certified products and vegetable-based inks.  Clean Copy helps clients stay on the "green path" by providing information on recycled-content products and assistance with adopting sustainable printing policies.  READ MORE...  

 

Greenspace - Hillsboro, Oregon

The mission of Greenspace is to create displays and trade show environments that are nothing less than remarkable. This Hillsboro exhibit design firm integrates sustainability into its daily business operations. Expert designers and builders create exhibits that can be easily disassembled and reused or recycled at future venues.  READ MORE...  

 

SolarWorld - Hillsboro, Oregon 

SolarWorld USA is the largest solar electric manufacturer in the country.  The company slogan "shine, baby shine," reminds us that while the sun truly shines for all, it is up to each business to maximize available resources to the greatest extent possible. 

The company is well known for its contribution to creating clean energy, they are also motivated to maximize resources in their own backyard.  SolarWorld conducts annual reviews of its manufacturing processes and makes changes to help reduce waste. Some notable efforts include installing a closed loop water cooling system in their crystal-grower furnaces, and an improved water filtration process which reduced water use by more than 20 million gallons of water per year!  READ MORE...  

 

In Line Commercial Construction - Aloha, Oregon

In Line Commercial Construction Inc. (In Line) is a full-service general contractor that operates throughout the Pacific Northwest, serving healthcare, dental, education, non-profit, private developer and public agency clients. The In Line team works collaboratively toward reducing environmental impacts in its daily activities, including reducing the office waste it sends to landfill by more than 25 percent – through the recycling of paper, aluminum and plastics – and reducing the amount of waste the company generates.  READ MORE... 

 

ID Experts - Tigard, Oregon

ID Experts is a leading provider of comprehensive data breach solutions for healthcare organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In addition to protecting its clients from serious security threats, ID Experts works diligently to protect the environmental health of its community. READ MORE... 

 

World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry - Cedar Mill, Oregon

World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry prides itself on providing the highest level of dental treatment to children in a fun and compassionate environment. Helping children keep their smiles bright is owner and certified pediatric dentist Dr. Michelle Stafford's primary mission. The World of Smiles staff also conducts its business with an eye toward sustainability, through a commitment to the health of its little clients' teeth, as well as the health of the environment where its clients will grow up.  READ MORE...  

 

Banks Chamber of Commerce Green Team – Banks, Oregon

The Banks Chamber of Commerce Business Green Team members are the Banks Trail Café, Karen L. Lewis – Independent Associate, Legal Shield, Montes Management and Consulting, and Swatco Sanitary Service.  Reminiscent of the old adage "there is strength in numbers," the Chamber brings together this group of businesses to share ideas on how to improve the efficiency of resources in their workplaces.  READ MORE... 

 

DeAngelo's Catering and Event Planning – Tigard, Oregon

A "veteran" of the hospitality industry, DeAngelo's Catering has been operating for more than twenty years, and recognizes sustainable practices are necessary to continue to achieve success in today's business world.

The company offers clients options to create events with low environmental impacts.  Choices include solar-powered electricity generators, food waste composting, durable dishware, silverware and cloth napkins, as well as compostable service products.  DeAngelo's Catering uses locally-farmed organic produce as well as antibiotic and steroid-free meat in preparing meals.  READ MORE... 

 

City of Tualatin - Tualatin, Oregon

The City of Tualatin, well-known for its parks and natural areas, is striving to meet the recreational and social needs of its growing community.  The city is extending this commitment to operating efficiently, and has created a Sustainability Team and Steering Committee to assist it in its efforts.  Recently the Sustainability Team ramped up internal sustainability operations by completing energy, waste and paper audits.  The audit results will help the Steering Committee set future goals.  READ MORE...  

 

WSC Insurance - Forest Grove, Oregon

WSC Insurance of Forest Grove, Oregon has been committed to providing its customers with protection, security and peace of mind by managing high quality insurance and risk management services for more than 60 years.  WSC Insurance not only extends these commitments to its customers but recognizes that a commitment to the environment is also a valuable business strategy.  READ MORE... 

 

Portland Catering Company - Tigard, Oregon

Providing customers with tasty meals is the first goal of the Portland Catering Company in Tigard, Oregon.  Running a sustainable business and reducing its environmental impact comes in a close second.  This local catering company serves corporate luncheons, weddings and other special events, and now its reputation as a Recycle at Work Business has been added to the menu.  READ MORE... 

 

Huron Consulting Group - Hillsboro, Oregon 

Huron Consulting Group's Hillsboro location is a true bastion of sustainability. A Chicago based management consulting firm that works with health care organizations, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations, Huron has a dozen U.S. locations and four abroad in Amman, Dubai, London and Riyadh. The Huron Consulting Group has been a Recycle at Work Award-winning business since June 2010.  READ MORE...  

 

Norm Thompson Outfitters - Hillsboro, Oregon

Norm Thompson Outfitters has operated its business on the motto "Escape from the ordinary" for more than sixty years. The company, founded in 1949, has fostered a sustainable workplace culture and incorporated environmental practices into daily operations since the mid 1990's. Its strategic sustainability initiatives have included ongoing employee training, publishing catalogs on recycled-content paper, and implementing recycling and waste reduction activities throughout its headquarters.  READ MORE...     

 

VWR International - Tualatin, Oregon

VWR International, a scientific product distributor in Tualatin, saves nearly $5,000 annually through increased recycling and reduction of its waste. Warehouse Manager Dennis Laverty mobilized his staff and expanded VWR's recycling program to include more than just office paper.  READ MORE...

 

Clean Water Services - Washington County, Oregon

Clean Water Services (CWS), a public wastewater treatment utility that serves homes and businesses in the Tualatin River Watershed, is celebrating 40 years of protecting public health and the environment.  CWS has no shortage of honors: the Influent Pump Station at its Durham Facility was the first wastewater treatment facility in the nation to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.  In partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc., CWS was also the first facility to produce a premium fertilizer called 'Crystal Green.' This innovative fertilizer is a byproduct of wastewater treatment and has attracted global interest and visitors to CWS from China, Russia and Ukraine.  READ MORE...

 

Nike Inc., World Headquarters - Beaverton, Oregon

While Nike is known as a leader for its athletic shoes and apparel, its compelling slogan to "Just Do It!" has extended to its sustainability practices at the campus headquarters. Recycling Coordinator Mark Orphanides' leadership, combined with the diligence of motivated employees, has created an impressive campus-wide sustainability program at Nike Inc. World Headquarters in Beaverton.  READ MORE...

 

Jones and Roth, PC - Hillsboro, Oregon 

Going "beyond the numbers" is part of the culture at Jones and Roth, CPAs and Business Consultants.  "This organization was built on values that make a positive impact in people's lives; our efforts are visible in the office and beyond.   We are more of an asset to our community because we make it a priority to reduce waste and save energy" - Meghann Horst, Administrative Assistant.  READ MORE...

 

RFM Preferred Seating - Hillsboro, Oregon 

RFM Preferred Seating (RFM) provides its customers a comfortable place to sit and, at the same time, reduces the environmental footprint of its operations. Driven by the company's aggressive goal to become a zero waste operation, Director of Engineering Troy Winklebleck has reduced garbage service levels by 75 percent in 2009, saving RFM $6,100 last year.  READ MORE...

 

More Recycle at Work Businesses....

  • The American Lung Association of Oregon (ALAO) - Tigard, Oregon
  • Ash Creek Forest Management LLC - Tigard, Oregon
  • City of Tigard - Tigard, Oregon
  • City of Cornelius - Cornelius, Oregon
  • ClubSport – Tigard, Oregon
  • Epson Portland, Inc - Hillsboro, Oregon
  • GeoDesign Inc. - Tigard, Oregon
  • IKON Office Solutions, Inc. (A Ricoh Company) - Tigard, Oregon
  • Insomnia Coffee Company - Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Oregon Scientific - Tualatin, Oregon
  • Pacific Landscape Management - Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Pacific Natural Foods - Tualatin, Oregon
  • Scholls Valley Native Nursery LLC - Gales Creek, Oregon
  • SOLV - Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Ticor Title Insurance (Amberglen) - Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Ticor Title Insurance - Tigard, Oregon
  • Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) - Beaverton, Oregon
  • WHPacific - Portland, Oregon
  • Woodfold Manufacturing - Forest Grove, Oregon